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Magazine Spring 2008 

Northwestern State University of Louisiana 



Dr. Randall J. Webb, 1965, 1966 

President, Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni, 

Each day I have the opportunity to be proud of the work done by our 
faculty and students in the classroom. In addition to that important work, I 
am proud of the effort by Northwestem's faculty, staff and students to improve their community. 

Northwestern has placed an emphasis on helping others through service learning because we 
know a great deal of learning takes place outside the classroom. According to UCLA's Higher Educa- 
tion Research Institute, student participation in service has positive impacts on leadership ability, 
grades, retention, degree aspirations, critical thinking skills and commitment to helping others in diffi- 

Service learning can take place in a variety of ways. In December, several students and alumni led 
by graduate student Janice Williams of Alexandria participated in a day of service at a New Orleans 
Area Habitat for Humanity Build in the Musicians Village organized by the University of Louisiana Sys- 

Last semester, student organizations came together in the annual canned food drive to help local 
families and put together a Halloween party for children. 

Over the next year, counseling students will work with the New Orleans Recovery School District, 
the Seton Resource Center of New Orleans and the Alexandria branch of the LSU Ag Center to pro- 
vide school counselors in the Recovery District with resources and materials to help parents and stu- 
dents understand the importance of school attendance. 

Heritage Resources students in the School of Social Sciences will work with the Creole Heritage 
Center at NSU, the St. Augustine Historical Society, the Society for Heritage Resources and Natchi- 
toches Parish elementary schools to design and implement multiple community-based heritage educa- 
tion activities for elementary school students. 

Both these projects were funded with service learning grants from the University of Louisiana 

The School of Social Sciences sponsors an annual Civil Rights Conference each spring, bring- 
ing speakers to the campus and community to discuss important issues. Last fall, the American Democ- 
racy Project at NSU and the Department of Journalism worked with the Natchitoches Area Chamber of 
Commerce to sponsor forums involving local legislative candidates. 

All this is in addition to the time and money our faculty, staff and students contribute in support of 
their churches and local charities. That giving spirit is one of the things that makes me grateful for the 
opportunity to lead this exceptional university. 

J. Kevin McCotter, 

Director of Alumni and Development 

Dear Alumni: 

During this time of year, the visual sights of blooming dogwood trees, 
colorful azaleas and lush green grass serve as a vibrant backdrop for cam- 
pus activity. Having been on board since last fall, I am confident in saying 
the activity level around your Alumni House is perpetual! In the spring, it truly reaches a fervor pitch. 
During the first part of 2008, we will support 14 recruiting receptions around Louisiana and in Texas, 
host seven alumni receptions in Louisiana and five out-of-state alumni receptions (Atlanta, Austin, Dal- 
las, Houston and Washington, D.C.), manage Spring Grad Fest on campus and prepare to honor the 
Golden Jubilee Class of 1958 at May graduation. In addition to these events, we'll be working on 
launching our new NSU Alumni Community website, managing numerous scholarship programs, 
preparing for our new capital campaign and continuing to raise funds for scholarships, endowed pro- 
fessorships and to meet other resource needs of NSU. 

Your Alumni Association issues a very special thank you to all who generously pledged in last 
November's Alumni Phone-A-Thon. A total of $16,450 was raised to support Alumni scholarships, 
reunions and alumni gatherings, faculty development, and campus and community activities. Please 
also support Northwestern by promoting our university to potential students. As you know from your 
personal experience, Northwestern offers an outstanding education in a wonderful collegiate atmos- 

I hope to see you at one of the many alumni receptions near you in the spring. We are looking 
forward to hosting you! If you have a chance to visit campus, there are plenty of activities for you to 
enjoy. Take your pick of baseball, softball, musical or theatrical performances, educational lectures, 
tennis, spring football, spring soccer; the list goes on and on! Be sure and stop in at your Alumni 
House, the House of perpetual activity! Please let me know if we can assist you in any way, we would 
welcome the opportunity. 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of 

Northwestern State University 

Natchitoches. Louisiana 

Organi/ed in 1884 

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Volume XVIII Number I Spring 2008 

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President lerry Brungart. 

Natchitoches. 1969. 1971 

Vice President Joseph B. Stanley, 

Natchitoches. 1983 

Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Lisa Mathews, 

Benton. 1992 
Executive Director Kevin McCotter 


lerrj Brungart Natchitoches. 1969. 

Tommy Chester Arcadia, 

Leonard Endris Shreveport. 1974. 

Adrian Howard Arlington. Texas. 

Patricia Wiggins llrapmann Deslrehan. 1973. 

Gail Jones Natchez. 1981. 

Malt Koury LeesviUe, 

Bryant Lewis Haynesvillc. 

Carroll Long Tyler. Texas. 

Dr. Lisa Mathews Benton. 

Da\ id Morgan Austin. Texas. 

Kip Patrick Shreveport. 

Joseph B. Stamey Natchitoches, 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport. 

Ricky Walmsley Covington. 

J. Michael Wilbum Shreveport. 

Jimmy Williams . .- Alexandria. 

Dr. Leonard A. Williams New Orleans. 


Shayne Creppel Natchitoches 

SGA President 


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spring, summer, fall and winter. 


Kevin McCotter 


Leah Pilcher Jackson, 1994 


David West 

Doug Ireland. 1986 


Gary Hardamon 


Beth McPherson Mann. 1975 

NSU Press Publications Office 

Photo illustration on the cover: Undergraduate students Courtney Rachal, Devin Owens, and Whitney 
Mixon with the world in their hands. 

Northwestern State University is accredited by the Com- 
mission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges 
and Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033- 
4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associ- 
ate, Baccalaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of 
Louisiana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, 
religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educa- 
tional programs, activities or employment practices. 

Alumni News 

Worldwide Classroom 

International study programs broaden horizons for students , faculty and alumni 

In the age of globalization, an inti- 
mate understanding of a foreign cul- 
ture is both a valuable academic asset 
and an enriching personal experience. 
Northwestern has, and is 
developing more, pro- 
grams that provide stu- 
dents and alumni with the 
opportunity to discover 
and explore different cul- 
tures. The foreign study 
programs promote com- 
munication, understanding and aware- 
ness as students learn and enjoy a way 
of life other than their own. 

In addition to programs like the 
International Student Exchange Pro- 
gram (ISEP) and trips planned for stu- 
dents entering the field of Hospitality 
Management and Tourism (HMT), the 
university recently partnered with the 
South Korean government to create a 
teacher exchange agreement and is 
developing a cultural exchange with 
Canada and Mexico. 

Other departments offer tours that 
enrich their curriculum and provide 
another dimension to study. Tommy 
Hailey, associate professor of anthro- 
pology, is leading a 2-week tour of 
Egypt this summer for graduate stu- 
dents studying Heritage Resources. 

"We recognize that heritage 
issues are of global concern and the 
need to expand our students' aware- 
ness of and appreciation for issues as 
an international level," said Hailey, 
whose class will begin with a discus- 
sion of the physical setting of Egypt 
and the Nile Valley and then trace the 
development of the Egyptian culture 
from the prehistoric period to the pres- 
ent. "We include examples from out- 
side the U.S. in our lectures. We also 
recognize that what our students truly 
need is a chance to experience other 
cultures themselves." 

The trip is the culmination of a 
semester of Anthropology 4400 and 
5400, a study of Egypt past and pres- 
ent. Students enrolled in the class 
were required to go on the trip, but it 

was also open to individuals not 
enrolled. The itinerary includes visits 
to the Step Pyramid in Sakkara, the 
Great Pyramid of Cheops and the 

in another culture where things oper- 
ate slightly, or sometimes a lot, differ- 
ently than they do in the United States. 
This really opens up the minds of the 
students to different 

"We recognize that what our students ways of looking at the 

world, said Jensen, 

truly need is a chance to experience other whose tour win include 
cultures themselves " visits t0 major archae °- 

logical sites, villas and 
—Tommy Hailey, associate profesor of anthropology museums in Rome and 

the Bay of Naples, 

Dr. Richard Jensen led students on 
a tour of Rome, which included a 
visit to the Coliseum. 

Sphinx in Cairo, after which the group 
will travel to Aswan to board a Nile 
cruise to visit the Aswan High Dam, 
Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Kar- 
nak, Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, 
the Valley of the Queens, and the Tem- 
ple of Hatshepsut. Upon returning to 
Cairo, the group will visit the Citadel 
and the Egyptian Museum, followed 
by a trip to Alexandria to tour the New 
Library, the Catacombs, El-Montazah 
Palace, and the Greco-Roman 

Dr. Richard Jensen, associate pro- 
fessor of history, is planning his fourth 
tour of Italy for students this summer. 

"I think the most valuable experi- 
ence the student has is getting to live 

focusing on Roman art, culture and 
history. "With Italy, it is the sheer, 
unbelievable beauty of its cities and 
the tremendous sense of history one 
gets everywhere. Italy has more 
works of art than all the rest of Europe 
combined and the students certainly 
notice this, even just walking down 
the street." 

North western's partnership with 
the South Korean government 
stemmed from that country's desire to 
place English-speaking teachers in its 
classrooms. Graduate student Robert 
Tummons of Natchitoches (2006, 
2007) was among the very first partic- 
ipants, living in the Chungnam 

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Worldwide Classroom 

Province about 100 miles 
south of Seoul where he 
taught English in a private 
high school for seven 

Robert Tummons taught a high 
school English class in a private 
school in the Chungnam 
Province of South Korea as part 
of an teacher exchange partner- 
ship between the Korean gov- 
ernment and NSU. 

"The highs were defi- 
nitely the scenery, the food 
and the uniquely comfort- 
able atmosphere," said 
Tummons, who had previ- 
ously traveled and lived in 
many places in the U.S. 
"This was definitely the 
first significant cultural 
shift I've had, but it was a 
pleasurable, albeit exhaust- 
ing, one." 

Tummons' exposure to 
Korean customs and ideas 
were very enriching and his 
teaching experience was an 
eye-opener. While in Korea, 
Tummons also accom- 
plished another first for the 
university by becoming the 
first student to defend his 
graduate thesis via webcam, 
communicating with faculty 
in the state-of-the-art Oral 
Communication Lab. Tum- 
mons plans to pursue a 

Ph.D. and teach at a univer- 
sity. His advice to someone 
interested in living outside 
the U.S. was "Do it. Do the 
research, prepare yourself 
well and go." 

Northwestern has par- 
ticipated in the ISEP pro- 
gram for nearly 20 years, 
allowing hundreds of NSU 
students to spend one to two 
semesters at universities 
throughout the world study- 
ing, among other things, 
marine biology in Fiji, the- 
atre in South Africa and 
women's studies in Swe- 
den. ISEP costs are the 
same as the student would 
spend for tuition and fees at 
their home university and 
every American student 
who participates opens the 
door for a foreign student to 
visit the U.S. 

"ISEP promotes cross 
cultural understanding and 
encourages personal growth," 
said Dr. Steve Horton (1988), 
ISEP advisor. "It is also one 
of the most economical ways 
for a student to spend a signif- 
icant amount of time abroad." 

HMT professor Dr. Lynn 
Woods is ironing out details 
for another exchange pro- 
gram made possible by a 
grant from the U.S. Depart- 
ment of Education designed 
to place American students at 
universities in Canada and 
Mexico. The grant, entitled 
"Building Bridges through 
Culture, Cuisine, Agriculture 
and Tourism," is designed to 
"teach university students 
skills that will help them con- 
nect culture to food prepara- 
tion, agriculture and eco- 
nomic development through 

tourism," Woods said. 
Although any student could 
qualify, the program would 
be of particular interest to 
those pursuing the culinary 

tour of Costa Rica. This sum- 
mer's trip will explore Scan- 
dinavia. Although the fast- 
paced tours are geared for stu- 
dents, they are open to other 

"Do it. Do the research, prepare 
yourself well and go. " 

—Robert Tummons (2006, 2007), 
South Korea teacher exchange participant 

arts, environmental studies, 
folklore, literature, the arts, 
languages, heritage resources, 
ecotourism and preservation. 

The program serves not 
only to develop a cross-bor- 
der curriculum model to 
enhance learning and experi- 
ences, "it will also allow us to 
promote NSU to those 
places," Woods said. 

A seasoned traveler, 
Woods has led student tours 
throughout Europe and North 
America. Last year, her stu- 
dents participated in an eco- 


"Anyone who has ever 
smelled the scent of Paris in 
the spring, or the fresh flow- 
ers of Amsterdam, felt the 
morning fog in London, 
enjoyed a late night coffee at 
a cafe in Vienna or ziplined 
through a rain forest in Costa 
Rica can tell you that travel- 
ing in a foreign country can- 
not be described in mere 
words," Woods said. "It must 
be experienced, embraced 
and enjoyed for its enlighten- 

Jensen's group enjoyed an authentic ancient Roman meal on terra 
cotta dishes, which began with a food offering for the gods, followed 
by Roman lasagna prepared with raisins and without tomato sauce, 
since tomatoes had not yet been brought from the New World. 

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Cavanaugh named 
to Foundation Board 

~"^ ugene Cavanaugh of 
-^ Leesville has been named 
■ ^/tn the NSU Foundation 

Board of Directors. Cavanaugh 
earned a bachelor's degree in 
accounting and business adminis- 
tration in 1972 and a master's in 
business administration in 1973. 
After graduation, he went to work 
in the Vernon Parish Tax Asses- 
sor's Office, following in the 
footsteps of his grandfather, his 
father and his mother. He worked 
there for eight years before being 
elected to the position, which he 
held for 33 years. 

Cavanaugh has a history of 
involvement with the Leesville 
community, serving as president 
of the Chamber of Commerce, 
president of the Council on Aging 
and a member of First Methodist 
Church. He served as president 
of the Louisiana Assessors Asso- 
ciation and is a member of the 
Louisiana Assessors Retirement 
Board. He also served in the 
National Guard for 23 years. He 
has been a long-time supporter of 
Northwestern athletics. 

As an undergraduate at North- 
western, Cavanaugh worked a 
bookkeeper and ran payroll for 
several small businesses in 
Natchitoches. He married the 
former Myrtice Allen (1972), 
now deceased, whose parents, 
Warren Allen and Myrtice Simp- 
son Allen, were graduates of Nor- 
mal and members of the band. 
Cavanaugh has two sons, Jim and 

Dr. Harry- Briggs has estab- 
lished the Dr. Letitia Douglas 
Adams Memorial Scholarship 
for a nursing student attend- 
ing the Leesville campus of 
Northwestern State Univer- 
sity. From left are Drake 
Owens, NSU assistant director 
of Institutional Advancement; 
Briggs, Jill Bankston, NSU 
assistant director of Develop- 
ment, and Dr. Larry Monk, 
executive director of the NSU 
Leesvi lie/Fort Polk Center. 

'Paddlin' Professor' establishes 
nursing scholarship to benefit 
Leesville students 

Dr. Harry Briggs, a professor of political 
science at Northwestern State University's 
Leesville/Fort Polk campus, has endowed a 
scholarship to be used exclu- 
sively for NSU nursing stu- 
dents at the Leesville campus. 
The donation is part of a chari- 
table trust that will begin with 
$10,000 and will be increased 
to $50,000 upon Briggs' death. 
The endowment honors Briggs' 
aunt, Dr. Letitia Douglas 
Adams, who served for many 
years as Chief of Surgery at 
Boston's New England Hospi- 
tal for Women and Children. 

"It is appropriate the schol- 
arship I am giving in Dr. 
Adams's name be for nursing 
students because of her great 

respect for nurses," Briggs said. "My aunt would be greatly pleased to 
know that her interest in nursing is being honored." 

Adams, a native of Nova Scotia, became a United States citizen 
and matriculated at Tufts University. She later graduated from Tufts 
Medical College, completing internship and residency requirements at 
New England Hospital for Women and Children, and beginning her 
career in surgery. Whenever she had an opportunity to speak publicly, 
Adams lauded the dedication of the nursing staff and ensured that peo- 
ple knew a hospital and its doctors could not function without its 
nurses. She felt that nurses were the backbone of the medical profes- 

In addition to this scholarship, Briggs has provided scholarships to 
other universities. He endowed a scholarship in memory of his wife, 
Lydia Briggs, at Plymouth State University and donated seed money 
for a scholarship commemorating his wife at the University of Tampa. 
He also has worked extensively with the American Legion in Leesville 
to provide scholarships at NSU Leesville/Fort Polk, which honor his 
father, Harry Briggs Sr., who was a banker in Boston. 

"Celebrated locally as 'the Paddlin' Professor,' Dr. Briggs is well 
known for his altruistic efforts," said Dr. Larry Monk, executive direc- 
tor at NSU Leesville/Fort Polk. Last summer the 86-year-old raised 
money for a scholarship for the NSU Women's Tennis Team by swim- 
ming Cross Lake. One of his previous long-distance swims was across 
Lake Erie, as he became the first person ever to swim any of the Great 
Lakes. Lake Erie has since been swum only twice. 


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Alumni News 

Dr. Mark Troxler, DO, 

FACP, FACSM, (1991) was an 
invited delegate and attended the 
International Olympic Committee 
and United Nations Conference 
on Sport and the Environment in 
Beijing last October. He was 
selected as team physician and 
chair of the Substance Abuse 
Education Committee for the 
national governing body for track 
and field, USA Track and Field 
( He is pictured 
with his daughter, Ally Su Trox- 
ler. The structure in the back- 
ground is the new Olympic Sta- 
dium for the 2008 Olympics 
Games to be held Aug. 8-24. 

Long Purple Line member pens 
memoir of life and career 

Gen. Curtis Francis Hoglan 
(Ret.) (1955) has penned a book that 
traces his life from the beginning as 
an adopted, country boy from a small 
town, through school, 30 years in the 
U.S. Army, 10 years working in civil- 
ian life and retirement, and world 

"A Country Boy from Pitkin: My 
Life Story" relates unique and 
humorous experiences that range 
from hours of boredom to moments 
of stark terror, mostly while on active 
duty with the U.S. Army. He and his 
wife of 53 years, Katherine Elliott 
Hoglan (1954) have lived in 37 
places and visited 82 countries, 
islands and territories, many of which 
are described in the book. 

"My parents were 48 years old 
when I was born and my knowledge 
of their early years is almost non- 

existent," he said. "I wanted my kids. 
grandkids, etc., to know about my 

Hoglan spent two years writing 
the memoir, "primarily for family, 
friends, cousins and Army buddies." 

Hoglan grew up in Pitkin and 
received a bachelor's in music educa- 
tion from Northwestern in 1955. That 
year, he completed the ROTC pro- 
gram and was commissioned as a sec- 
ond lieutenant. He earned a master's 
in public administration at Shippens- 
burg University. 

During a 30-year military career, 
Hoglan served two tours of duty on 
the Department of the Army Staff in 
the Pentagon and also served 
throughout the United States, Ger- 
many, Korea and Vietnam. He was 
commanding general of V Corps 
Artillery in Frankfurt, Germany, and 

the First ROTC Region. Hoglan was 
an inductee into the NSU ROTC Hall 
of Fame in 1983 and NSU's Hall of 
Distinction, the Long Purple Line, in 
2006. His decorations include the 
Distinguished Service Medal, 
Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 
two Bronze Stars and the Purple 

After retiring from the military, 
Hoglan worked in the field of eco- 
nomic development in Florence 
County, S.C., and Lafayette. In 1989, 
he was named the South Carolina 
Economic Development Professional 
of the Year. 

His memoir is available through 
the publisher, Author House 

Hoglan currently resides in 
Niceville, Fla. 

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w Jake K. Patin (2006) was one of 61 graduates from the 
Louisiana State Police Academy on Dec. 12, 2007. Jake was 
commissioned as a Trooper for the Troop A territory. He lives 
in Port Allen. 

© Mittie Oden Bryan (1925) celebrated her 101 st birthday 
on Feb. 2. She lives independently in Shreveport and is going 
strong. According to her niece, Virginia A. Metcalf (1953), she 
continues to give credit to Louisiana Normal for getting her off 
to a wonderful start. 

w A collection of mixed media and oil landscape paintings 
by Roy deVille (1965) were featured in an exhibit at NSU's 
Hanchey Gallery in January. "And There is Light" included 
paintings of Louisiana farm scenes and landscapes, as well as 
paintings done on-site in Austria, France, England. Scotland, 
Spain and Italy. 

deVille has been a member of the art faculty at LSU- 
Alexandria since 1 970 and is the former holder of the Huie Dell- 
mon Trust Endowed Professorship. He has won numerous 
juried competitions and has exhibited throughout Louisiana and 
the southeast. He has keen interest in Italian medieval and ren- 
aissance painting and has participated in the Pompeii Restora- 
tion Project. deVille holds a master of arts degree from NSU. 
He is a member of the Governor's Committee for the Arts and 
serves as an adjudicator for the state Gifted and Talented Pro- 
gram in art. 

w Louisiana Scholars' College alumnus Nicholas Reves 
(2007) presented a briefing to former President George Herbert 
Walker Bush last year as part of a class at the Bush School of 
Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. 

Reves is working toward a Master's in International Affairs 
with a concentration in national security studies. He is the recip- 
ient of the Robert M. Gates fellowship named for the current 
U.S. Secretary of Defense. 

Reves briefed Bush on "Anticipated Developments in the 

Taiwan Strait," as the conclusion of a month long simulation for 
a course on international politics in theory and practice. Accord- 
ing to Reves, the intent was to simulate the U.S. federal policy- 
making process regarding China-Taiwan relations and the threat 
of an upcoming crisis. The freshman class at the Bush School 
was divided into teams representing a federal agency. Reves 
played the role of the President's National Security Advisor. 

*ur The USRowing Board of Directors pre- 
sented Oak Ridge. Tenn., Rowing Association's 
(ORRA) Head Coach Allen Eubanks (1997) 
the Clayton W. Chapman Sportsmanship Award 
during the USRowing Annual Awards Recep- 
tion held in Miami, Fla.. in December. 

A Bossier City native, Eubanks started row- 
ing at NSU in 1992. While at NSU, he was 
member of Kappa Alpha. He is a level 3 
USRowing Coach in his 7th year as Head Coach and Club Man- 
ager of ORRA. Prior to working in Oak Ridge. Eubanks started 
two programs and coached in Louisiana at Centenary College 
and the Louisiana School of Math Science and the Arts. 
Eubanks has the creation of two regattas to his credit as well the 
"Head of the Red" regatta and the "Secret City Head Race" 
regatta. USRowing named ORRA as the 2005 Club of the Year 
under Eubanks' leadership. Eubanks serves on as chairman of 
USRowing's Youth Committee where he was instrumental in 
the regional realignment of the qualifying regatta structure for 
the USRowing Youth Nationals. Eubanks serves as the director 
of the Southeast Junior Development Camp, a camp that he 
organized in 2005 with past USRowing Women's Olympic 
Head Coach Hartmut Bushbacher and Greg Maynard of Baylor 

The Chapman award is given to an individual who best 
emulates Mr. Chapman's 30-year stewardship of the Eastern 
Sprints and IRA Championship regattas. The recipient is an 
individual that epitomizes the spirit of sport of rowing by con- 
sistently serving in a behind the scene administrative role that 
has previously gone unrecognized. 

Kelly, Salter inducted into Political Hall of Fame 

Former State Sen. Donald G. Kelly 
and Rep. Joe Salter (1965) were 
inducted into the Louisiana Politi- 
cal Hall of Fame in February. 

Kelly served Five terms in the 
Louisiana Senate and was widely 
regarded as one of the most influential 
members of the legislature. He retired 
from the legislature in 1995. During his 
tenure from 1976 until 1996, he was able 
to secure millions of dollars in projects 
and helped develop programs that 
strengthened Northwestern and helped set 
the stage for the University's growth over 
the past decade. 

While in the legislature, he was cited 
as "Most Effective Legislator, "Best 


Sponsor of Legislation" and one of the 
"Top Ten Legislators" in polls of person- 
nel familiar with the legislative process. 

A noted Natchitoches attorney, Kelly 
has been elected to the NSU Hall of Dis- 
tinction, the Long Purple Line, and the 
'N' Club Hall of Fame. 

He received an honorary doctorate of 
humanities from Northwestern in 1996. 

Salter served as Speaker of the 
Louisiana House of Representatives from 
2004 until earlier this year. 

Salter is a graduate of NSU, earning 
a bachelors and master's degree in educa- 
tion. He also did additional post-graduate 
work at Northwestern. Salter had a distin- 
guished career as an educator, retiring as 

assistant superintendent of the Sabine 
Parish School System. 

A veteran of the House for 20 years, 
Salter formerly served on the Board of 
Aldermen for the Village of Florien. He 
was first elected to the House of Repre- 
sentatives in 1986 to fill an unexpired 
term and was re-elected without opposi- 
tion to serve his first full term in 1987. 
He was re-elected in 1991, 1995. 1999 
(without opposition), and with 76 percent 
of the vote in October 2003. Salter has 
been honored for his public service by 
groups representing education, public 
libraries, senior citizens, health care, 
small businesses and local governments. 

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Alumni Gatherings 

Annual Deer Hunt 

The fourth annual Serenity Point Deer Hunt Jan. 7-9 was another success. From left are NSU soccer coach Jimmy Mitchell, 
Gary Potter, Firal Ryder (1952), Jeff Martin, hosts Lilly and Dan Chase (1957) and Dr. Robert Most (1958). 

Baton Rouge Reception 

Covington Reception 

Ashley White of West Feli- 

ciana High School, right, 

was named the 2008 Ted 


7' Lp 

Jones Scholarship recipi- 
ent for the Baton Rouge 

'^fc -~gM 

area during a Baton Rouge 


recruiting reception. Pre- 


senting the scholarship 



was NSU recruiter Brandi 
Morgan (2007). 


Kim and Dr. 
Roy DiVittorio 
(1993) were 
hosts of the 
held in Cov- 
ington on 
Jan. 30. 

Hosts of the Baton Rouge recruiting reception were Dan (1957) and 
Lilly Chase, pictured here with Ann and Dr. William Haile (1943). 

Megan Coutet of Covington High School, right, 
was named the 2008 recipient of the Ted Jones 
Scholarship for the Covington area. Recruiter 
Brandi Morgan, left, presented the scholarship. 

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Alumni Gatherings 

Alexandria Gathering 

James Snyder (1958), Steven Shine (1968) and John 
Thompson (1969) were among the alumni who gathered 
at Tunk's Cypress Inn in Alexandria last fall. 

Among the guests at Tunk's were Gary and Ann (1982) Gresham, left photo; Leah (2005) and Julius LaCaze (2003), 
center photo; and Shelby Graham and Joseph Johnson (1988), right photo. 

Baton Rouge Tailgate Gathering 

Demon fans gathered for a tailgate party at Walk-Ons in 
Baton Rouge prior to the NSU-LSU men's basketball game 
in December. From left are Lynn and John Manno (1978) 
and current students Jay Manno and Miller Daniel. 



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Fans Suzanne and 
Tom Boggs, left, 
along with David 
Wheatley, Robert 
Wheatley and Julia 
Wheatley, below, 
were among the 
guests at Walk-Ons 

Frank Bright, Carl Rhoads, Suzanne Bright and Ann Rhoads, 
left, enjoyed the food and fun prior prior to the NSU-LSU bas- 
ketball game in Baton Rouge. 

Alumni Columns Spuing 2008 / 7 

Alumni News 

Criminal Justice expands 
into full department 

One of Northwestern 's fastest growing aca- 
demic programs gained new status in 2007 with the 
creation of the Department of Criminal Justice. 
The formation of the department has been 
approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents and 
the Board of Supervisors for the University of 
Louisiana System. 

The department will be in the College of Lib- 
eral Arts. Criminal justice was a program within 
the School of Social Sciences. No additional per- 
sonnel, facilities or equipment will be required for 
the new department. 

"The designation is in keeping with a recom- 
mendation from the Academy of Criminal Justice 
Sciences. It will allow the program to deal with 
matters more directly and adds prestige to the pro- 
gram and the university," said Joe Morris, coordi- 
nator of criminal justice at NSU who will head the 
new department. 

Criminal justice has 374 majors in two-year 
and four-year programs and produces approxi- 
mately 75 graduates annually. The bachelor's pro- 
gram began in 1995 and the associate program was 
begun in 1997. The new department has eight full- 
time and 20 adjunct faculty. It also produces the 
monthly NSU Journal of Criminal Justice and may 
convert the publication to a peer reviewed journal. 

The university hopes to add additional bache- 
lor's and master's degree programs in the depart- 
ment. Northwestern recently hosted a site visit 
from a team evaluating a proposed bachelor's pro- 
gram in Unified Public Safety and Administration. 
A Letter of Intent for a Master of Science in Global 
Security and Counter-Terrorism has been 
approved by the Board of Supervisors for the Uni- 
versity of Louisiana System. 

Morris also serves as approving agent and 
administrator for the Gulf States Regional Center 
for Public Safety Innovations (GSRCPI). The Cen- 
ter is responsible for community policing and pub- 
lic safety training for Louisiana, Alabama and Mis- 
sissippi. GSRCPI operates with approximately 
$4.6 million in federal and state grants, contracts 
and memoranda of understanding. The Center 
recently received a $500,000 congressional appro- 
priation to provide law enforcement training in 
areas of southeast Louisiana impacted by Hurri- 
cane Katrina. 

State Farm grant will fund CIS 
equipment, software 

The computer information systems program in the NSU's 
College of Business received a $50,000 grant from the State 
Farm Companies Foundation. 

According to Dr. Lissa Pollacia, principal investigator of 
the grant, the funding will allow the CIS program to address 
several current and future needs. 

"Our program is seeking to attain a higher level of excel- 
lence and achievement and this grant will allow us to meet 
recurring needs which will help us maintain the strong 
national and international reputation which has been devel- 
oped," she said. 

Northwestern 's CIS program has been designated as an 
Area of Excellence by the Board of Supervisors for the Uni- 
versity of Louisiana System. Students in the program have 
captured nine first place finishes at the Association of Infor- 
mation Technology Professionals Collegiate Conference over 
the past seven years. 

"We are very excited to partner with the College of Busi- 
ness at Northwestern on their CIS program," said State Farm 
Agency Field Executive Ken Daniel. "Reinvesting in a com- 
munity that provides such outstanding technical talent clearly 
supports our commitment to education excellence. These stu- 
dents are the future leaders of our nation and will make up our 
workforce. It is crucial that students obtain the skills necessary 
to be active participants in our democracy and Northwestern 's 
CIS program continues to provide students with these skills." 

Funding from the grant will be used to purchase new 
chairs for computer labs and classrooms in Russell Hall along 
with classroom management software. 

"State of the art classrooms and labs are one of the things 
students consider when making their decision about where to 
attend college," said Pollacia, coordinator of the computer 
information systems area. "Student technology fees and grants 
allow us to purchase and maintain up to date computers and 
this will make our classrooms and labs more appealing." 

A portion of the grant will be used to establish an endow- 
ment for the CIS program that can be used to meet future 
needs. Interest from the endowment will be used for new 
equipment, software, professional development, faculty travel 
or to assist students traveling to collegiate competition. Polla- 
cia said the College of Business would work closely with the 
NSU Foundation to begin a fundraising campaign among CIS 
alumni and friends of the program. 

"We know many alumni have gone on to successful 
careers all over the country because of the excellent training 
they received at Northwestern," said Pollacia. "I know they 
will be eager to provide similar opportunities for current and 
future students by helping our program continue to grow." 

Alumni Columns Spring 2008 / 8 

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Brent inducted into LMEA Hall of Fame 

Bill Brent, director of the Mrs. H.D. Dear and Alice E. 
Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts and director of 
bands, has been selected for induction into the Louisiana Music 
Educators Association Hall of Fame. Brent was honored in 
November as part of the Association's annual conference in 
Baton Rouge. 

The LMEA Hall of Fame was started in 1982. Richard Jen- 
nings, a retired faculty member at Northwestern, was inducted 
into the Hall in 1992. The LMEA Hall of Fame display is in the 
new wing of the A.A. Fredericks Center for Creative and Per- 
forming Arts at NSU. 

"I am extremely humbled and flattered to receive this 
recognition from the music educators of the state," said Brent. 
"I owe so much to our faculty in the School of Creative and 
Performing Arts and the administration at Northwestern who 
have worked to develop the program and support it. When 1 
saw the list of inductees including Richard Jennings, it hit me 
what a wonderful honor this is." 

Those chosen for the Hall of Fame should be or should 
have been: 

• a professional music educator who has made a long last- 
ing, significant contribution to the school music pro- 
gram in Louisiana; 

• a person who has demonstrated a concern for music edu- 
cation by active involvement in local, district, state, 
regional or national professional organizations; 

• an active music educator or administrator in music edu- 
cation in a Louisiana school or institution of higher 
learning for a period of not less than twenty years; 

• and an active member of the Louisiana Music Educators 

Brent has been at Northwestern for 24 years. In that time, 
he has built one of the best marching band programs in the 
South, increasing the number of members from 48 to more than 
300. He has also served as conductor of the NSU Wind Sym- 
phony which has been chosen to perform at the College Band 
Directors National Association Southern Regional Conference. 

"This honor is a validation 
of the work done by our faculty 
to produce outstanding gradu- 
ates who go out and develop 
excellent marching bands and 
concert bands," said Brent. 

Under his leadership, the 
School of Creative and Per- 
forming Arts was upgraded 
from a department and has been 
endowed with over $2.5 million 
in private scholarship funds. 
The School was designated as 

an Area of Excellence by the Board of Supervisors for the Uni- 
versity of Louisiana System and has received more than $3 mil- 
lion in grants and has had two academic professorships estab- 

In 2002, Brent received the President's Distinguished 
Service Award in recognition of his work at Northwestern. 

"I am very pleased to see Bill receive this honor from his 
fellow music educators in the state of Louisiana," said NSU 
President Dr. Randall J. Webb. "Bill has worked tirelessly to 
build an outstanding band and School of Creative and Perform- 
ing Arts which adds so much to the university and the commu- 

Prior to his arrival at Northwestern, Brent taught school in 
the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas. 
While serving as director of bands at McCallum High School, 
the band was twice named in the top five in the University 
Interscholastic League State Marching Contest and the sym- 
phonic band was named in the top 1 in the Texas Music Edu- 
cators Association Honor Band Competition. 

Brent holds the Bachelor of Music Education and Master 
of Music degrees from the University of Texas, Austin. He is 
a member of the Louisiana Music Educators Association, 
Music Educators National Conference, Texas Music Educators 
Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association and Phi Beta Mu. 

Walkinci Path 


joggers and pedestrians will have a safer 
exercise route with the completion of a 
walking path that winds along Chaplin's 
Lake on South Jefferson. The path was 
completed last fall with funding from 
giants. Future plans under consideration 
include adding benches along the trail. 
J lighting for night safety, distance mark- 
ers, crosswalks and exercise stations. 
Officials hope to extend the trail along Tarleton Drive to 
the Health and Human Performance Building and Uni- 
versity Place. 


Alumni Columns Spring 200S / 9 

Campus News 

Brown-Stroud field has 
new look underway 

Visible signs of the Second Century Circle 
fencing project in mid- January included a new 
entrance to Brown-Stroud Field, home of the 
NSU Demons baseball team. The total project, 
with a cost of close to $700,000, will result in 
new perimeter fencing for all outdoor athletic 

The distinctive brick pillars present nam- 
ing opportunities for interested benefactors. 
More information is available by logging onto or by contacting Assis- 
tant Athletic Director for External Affairs 
Dr. William Broussard at (318) 357-4295 or 
e-mailing him at . 

Lessiter leaves big shoes to fill 
in Athletic Department 

Julie Lessiter is a petite woman 
but she left big shoes to fill in the 
Northwestern athletic department. 
After nine years on staff at her alma 
mater as Athletic Academic Advi- 
sor/Senior Woman Administrator, 
Lessiter resigned in January to enter 
private business in Shreveport. 

She earned three degrees from the university, two 
undergraduate diplomas and a master's in sport adminis- 
tration. She graduated with honors each time. 

Lessiter played a critical role as Northwestern 
emerged as a leader among state and Southland Confer- 
ence institutions in NCAA studies reviewing the aca- 
demic progress of student-athletes. NSU has ranked 
highly in the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate reports in 
each of the first three years of that program, which 
reviews all of the nation's Division I athletic departments. 

"I can't overstate how valuable Julie has been to the 
hundreds of student-athletes through the years since she 
was an athlete herself," said athletics director Greg Burke. 
"Her contributions coordinating our academic services, 
and in her administrative role as senior woman adminis- 
trator, have been immense." 

She is a native of Southampton, England, who came 
to NSU as a tennis competitor and later joined the cross 
country and track and field teams, earning All-Louisiana 
recognition in track. Lessiter has developed into a region- 
ally-competitive triathlete, winning the Redman Triathlon 
in Oklahoma City. 

Hatch listed in Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductees for 2008 

2004 USA 
coach Gayle Hatch 
of Baton Rouge 
will be one of 
eight members of 
the 2008 induc- 
tion class for the Louisiana Sports 
Hall of Fame. 

Hatch was a basketball star at 
Northwestern who became one of the 
nation's preeminent experts in 
strength and conditioning training. 
One of the inaugural inductees in the 
USA Strength and Conditioning 
Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003, Hatch 

Alumni Columns Spring ZOOS / 10 

has also been recognized by the NFL 
and the Smithsonian National 
Museum for his significant role, with 
his philosophies utilized by national 
champion college football programs 
at LSU and Tennessee while helping 
develop 43 national champion lifters. 
Voting was done by a 30-mem- 
ber committee under the auspices of 
the Louisiana Sports Writers Associ- 
ation, the parent organization of the 
Hall of Fame. Media from around the 
state considered 131 nominees from 
21 different sports categories and 
were limited to eight inductees by 
LSWA rules governing selection 
since the Hall was established in 


The 2008 Induction Celebration 
is June 19-21 in Natchitoches, home 
since 1972 to the Hall of Fame and 
the site for the soon-to-begin con- 
struction of the Louisiana Sports Hall 
of Fame museum. The induction cel- 
ebration begins with a Thursday 
afternoon press conference and kick- 
off reception and includes commu- 
nity outreach activities, a free kids 
sports clinic on Saturday morning, a 
Friday afternoon golf scramble, two 
more receptions open free to the pub- 
lic, and the Saturday evening induc- 
tion dinner and ceremonies at the 
Natchitoches Events Center. 

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Campus News 

NSU Demon Data 

... news and notes from Athletics 

'58, '88 and 1998 football teams in spotlight this fall 

Three conference championship football teams will be special 
guests for the Annual Demon Football Reunion to be held Saturday, 
Aug. 30. 

The NSU Demon football team kicks off the 2008 season at 
home on Aug. 30 against Jackson State. All former players, 
coaches and staff members are invited to the reunion. 

Special attention will be given to the championship teams in 
1958, 1988 and 1998. Coach Jack Clayton's Demons won the '58 
Gulf States Conference crown, while Coach Sam Goodwin coached 
the '88 and '98 Demons to Southland Conference outright champi- 
onships and national playoff wins. 

Former players should receive details in the mail soon. For 
more information, please check the website. 

Soccer team again shines academically 

For the fifth straight season, Northwestern State led all South- 
land Conference women's soccer teams on the Capital One/SLC 
All-Academic Team, with eight NSU student-athletes elected, led by 
senior Erin Hebert on the first team. 

Seven Demons flooded the 12 second team slots, including 
two-time selections Hannah Casey, Johnna Klohoker, and Natalie 
Waguespack. First-time selections were Bobbie Hayes, Kayce 
Schultz, Missy Oakley, and Tiffany Kawana-Waugh. 

NSU's closest competition was Stephen F. Austin, which had 
five All-Academic selections. The all-academic teams are voted on 
by the head coaches, sports information directors and aca- 
demic/compliance administrators from each SLC university. Stu- 
dent-athletes must possess a 3.00 cumulative grade average, have 
completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and 
participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competition to be eli- 
gible for selection to the all-academic squad. 

NSU Athletics boosts local, area economy 

The little things add up. Northwestern played host to the 2007 
Southland Conference Soccer Tournament this fall, with five teams 
joining the host Demons. The event generated an estimated 
$50,000 of economic impact for the Natchitoches area, according to 
the NSU Small Business Development Center. 

Factoring in all of the events hosted by athletics, four years ago 
the Small Business Development Center reported NSU Athletics 
created an estimated $30 million of economic impact for the local 
and area marketplaces. 

Brad Laird back home on NSU football staff 

Brad Laird is "back home" at Northwestern, where he was a star 
quarterback in the mid-1990s and he helped coach the 2004 
Demons to the Southland Conference football championship. Laird 
rejoined NSU head coach Scott Stoker's staff in December, return- 
ing to the defensive coordinator's post he held from 2003-05. 

Laird left the Demons following the 2005 season to enter private 
business, then returned to coaching in July as linebackers coach at 
NSU's conference rival, Stephen F. Austin. 

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McConathy Jersey Unretired 

It's not often that a jersey gets unre- 
tired. At Northwestern State it made per- 
fect sense. There's been a long line of 
McConathys at the school, starting with 
All-American Johnny McConathy, the 
father of current Demons coach Mike 

Johnny McConathy was the fifth pick 
in the 1951 NBA draft and had his No. 14 
retired at Northwestern State in 2002. 
Now, two of his grandsons are playing for 
the school and sophomore guard Michael 
McConathy is wearing grandpa's 14. 
Logan McConathy is a freshman guard 
for the Demons. 

"Our grandfather, Johnny 

McConathy, was a great player back in 
the 1950s," Michael McConathy said. 
"His two brothers, George and Leslie, 
also played basketball here. Leslie was a 
teammate, and George came a couple of 
years later. So Logan and I are the fourth 
and fifth McConathys to play here. 

"I'm so honored that the school let me 
wear his jersey, which had been retired in 
Grandpa Johnny's honor. When you walk 
into our arena, the first thing you see is a 
big banner with Grandpa Johnny's name 
and the big No. 14 on it. So it's really spe- 
cial for me, and I know he's very proud 
also. He comes and sees all our home 
games, but he's not much of a traveler 

Coach Mike McConathy's team has 
reached the Southland Conference tourna- 
ment championship game the past three 

"They're great kids who play hard 
and well," Mike McConathy said of 
coaching his sons. "I'm very proud of 
them both, and I know my dad feels the 
same way." 

As of now, there aren't any more 
McConathys in line to play for the 

"I'd have to say we have a rather 
unusual family tradition going on here," 
Logan McConathy said. "I guess this is all 
pretty unique. I don't know of any other 
family like ours. Plus, we're playing for 
our dad for the first time, too." 


Alumni Columns Spring 2008 / 1 1 

Campus News 

Demon Athletics unveils 
updated website 

There's no better place than being in the stands to 
enjoy rooting for Northwestern athletic teams. But sit- 
ting in front of your computer, visiting the vastly 
enhanced website, runs a close 

Website visitors can actually watch, as well as listen 
to, many NSU sports events as they occur on the new 
site. Live and archived streaming video content - at no 
charge — is a key feature in the redesigned, said director of athletics Greg Burke. 

The site also allows for more audio webcasting of 
games and events, so that more than the games that are 
broadcast on the radio will be available online to sup- 
porters literally all around the world. 

The new site is easy to navigate and offers expanded 
options for visitors. Fans can shop for a much greater 
selection of NSU merchandise in the webstore. They can 
bid for exciting Demon experiences in online auctions, 
download content for their cell phones, and purchase 
tickets to all Northwestern athletic events. 

The website provides archived coaches' shows and 
facility tours. Soon, constantly updated interviews and 
features will be available - combining with the coverage 
of home games to make the website seem almost like an 
NSU sports television channel, said Burke. 

"We're increasing access to Northwestern State Uni- 
versity with the expanded services on the new website," 
said Burke. "We believe our site will have increasing 
appeal to alumni, other supporters, family and friends of 
our student-athletes, and prospective students, and we 
expect it to attract new interest in Northwestern and NSU 

"Gary's Gallery," a focal point of the site since its creation, features the work 
of NSU photographer Gary Hardamon. "Gary's Gallery" 
will continue to provide free access to Hardamon 's pho- 
tographs of Demon athletic events. The new website will 
feature his work even more prominently. 

Other staples of the current site will continue, with 
an array of breaking news, feature stories, the "Demon 
Dust" commentary and the "Daily Demon" blog, along 
with polls and many other elements. 

The new site will soon provide the opportunity to 
make secure, online donations to the Demon Victory 
Fund supporting NSU athletics. Visitors will be able to 
view the latest Athletic Association newsletters, and stay 
up to date on all the Athletic Association projects and 

Alumni Columns Spring 2008 / 12 

News and Notes continued 

Volleyball team turning heads with progress 

Each of the last three seasons has reflected 
progress by the NSU Lady Demon volleyball pro- 
gram. After reaching the Southland Conference 
Tournament in 2005 and 2006 for the first time in two 
decades, coach Brittany Uffelman's team broke 
through with its first-ever SLC Tournament win in 

Sixth-seeded Northwestern stunned No. 3- 
seeded Texas-Arlington 3-1 in the first round of the 
2007 SLC Tournament. The Lady Demons defeated 
one of the SLC's premiere programs. UTA, which 
reached the NCAA Final Four in 1989, was denied 
its 24th 20-win season with its first opening-round 
loss since 2003. 

Demons' Bell continues All-America tradition 

Not many athletes have received All-America 
honors in one sport in high school and a different 
sport in college. Northwestern State's Demetrius Bell 
is one of the few. 

As an offensive tackle, Bell (6-5, 283) helped 
clear the way for Demons' junior tailback Byron 
Lawrence to lead the Southland Conference with a 
125.2 yards per game average. Bell had never 
played organized football at any level prior to 2005, 
when he took the season off from basketball after 
playing hoops for the Demons for two seasons. 

This winter, Bell reluctantly decided to forgo his 
senior season of basketball so he could focus on his 
pro football opportunities in April's NFL Draft. He 
was an All-State and honorable mention All-America 
basketball standout at tiny Summerfield High 
School, which did not field a football team. He played 
in 88 basketball games, including starting twice last 
season, for coach Mike McConathy's Demons. 

Student-athletes collect gifts for children 

Northwestern student-athletes collected gifts for 
children overseas to enjoy during the holiday season 
in conjunction with the Southland Conference 
"Twelve Days of Christmas" community service 
endeavor involving all 12 SLC member institutions. 

Student-athletes from each sport at NSU col- 
lected items that children would enjoy and appreci- 
ate. A total of 65 boxes of gifts were delivered to the 
local distribution center, Westside Baptist Church in 

Julie Lessiter, the senior woman administrator 
for Northwestern athletics and the academic advisor 
for athletics, coordinated the program. 

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Alumni Updates 


Mary Eloise Caraway 
Waldon is a retired 
registered nurse and 
lives in Hodge. 


Rev. James Clegg is 
retired, married and 
lives in Winter Haven, 


Horace Johnson is 
retired and currently 
operates a business 
with his daughter and 
grandson. He is mar- 
ried and lives in Apex, 


Sue Breedlove is a 
teacher at Weaver Ele- 
mentary and lives in 

Fred M. Clark is 
retired, married and 
lives in Winslow, 

Caroline Bingham 
Sanders is an infusion 
nurse and lives in 


Mike Churchman is 
director of logistics 
division at UT Medical 
Branch at Galveston 
and married to Gracie 
Dix Churchman (1968). 


Ben Williams is 
employed by Lee 

County School District 
as an assistant princi- 
pal and lives in Cape 
Coral, Fla. 


Marilyn Miller is direc- 
tor of marketing at 
Fibrebond and lives in 


David J. Melton is a 
public affairs specialist 
for the Social Security 
Administration and lives 
in Bunker Hill, W. Va. 

William W. Carter Jr. is 
a training coordinator 
at Powell Electrical 
Manufacturing and 
lives in Friendswood, 


Dr. Deborrah Hebert is 
assistant vice presi- 
dent and dean of stu- 
dent affairs at Texas 
A&M University and 
lives in Commerce, 


Clara Lafont Abramson 
is employed by Jeffer- 
son Parish School 
Board as a teacher 
and lives in Westwego. 


Karen Briggs Bruce is 
a teacher, married and 
lives in Shreveport. 


Richard Fletcher is a 
senior associate and 
lives in Bella Vista, 


Steven C. Allen is senior 
director of product devel- 
opment at Motive Incor- 
porated, married and 
lives in Austin, Texas. 

Katherine Jones M anion (2002) turned her love of reading into 
a career. Manion is manager of the North Side branch of the Des 
Moines, Iowa, Public Library, where she promotes literacy among chil- 
dren and adults and helps patrons with tough questions. 

A native of Donaldsonville, Manion moved to Natchitoches in 1996 
to attend Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts her last two 
years of high school. When it was time to apply for college, NSU's 
Louisiana Scholars' College, a stone's throw from LSMSA, was the 
only school in the state she considered. 

"I thought the Scholars' College would offer the best opportunities 
in terms of small class sizes and an excellent liberal arts education," she 
said. "Scholars' is such a great community of students and teachers. I 
majored in English and was one of the few people in my class to not do 
a traditional concentration." 

As an undergraduate, Manion worked in the student technology 
department under Jennifer Long. 

"I spent quite a bit of time in computer labs around campus, espe- 
cially in Watson Library," she said. "I really enjoyed the job, especially 
working with Jennifer." 

Her greatest accomplishment as an undergraduate was completing 
her thesis on the works of author Pat Conroy under the direction of advi- 
sors Dr. Holly Stave and Dr. Christine Ford. 

"Writing a thesis for Scholars' is wonderful because it is such an 
involved process, but when you're done, you have this huge document 
you have created. It is the physical evidence of all the hard work that 
you've done. I also think writing a thesis really helps prepare students 
for graduate school. I had to do a similar capstone project before grad- 
uating with my master's degree." 

Before graduating, Manion was hired to work at Natchitoches 
Parish Library, beginning at the circulation desk and moving up from 
there. She realized that a degree in library science would be a good fit 
for her and work well with her bachelor's degree in English. She com- 
pleted master's degree with the University of North Texas. 

"During the course of my studies, I had the opportunity to travel to 
Thailand with a library science class and reorganize a school library in 
Phuket. This was a wonderful trip that really gave me some hands-on 
experience with different aspects of library work," she said. 

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Alumni Columns Spring 2008 / 13 

Alumni Updates 

Alumni Profile 

Dr. Viola Miller (1964) has 
spent her career helping children 
overcome obstacles. Beginning with 
her experience as a speech patholo- 
gist, her career path through higher 
education and in state government 
has been steered by the desire to 
make the world a safe place for chil- 
dren and youth. 

Miller had a special interest in 
pursuing speech language pathology, 
having worked as a receptionist for a 
speech pathologist in Shreveport as a 
high school student at C.E. Byrd. 
She also wrote a career research 
paper on the topic, which at that time 
was still an emerging field. 

"It was a wonderful career for 
me. I always knew my career would 
have to do with children. I consid- 
ered teaching, but prefer one-on-one 
interaction. Speech language pathol- 
ogy gave me that opportunity," she 
said. "Northwestern had an excellent 
reputation. I didn't consider going to 
college anywhere else." 

Miller earned her undergraduate 
degree in speech and hearing therapy. 

"At that time, women were just 
beginning to seriously pursue 
careers. At Northwestern, I learned 
about myself and became aware of 
my own skills. Going to Northwest- 
ern helped me identify myself as a 
person with a strong intellect." 

After working in Shreveport, 
Miller earned a master's in speech 
therapy and audiology from Tulane 

University in 1966. She later com- 
pleted a residency at Duke University 
Medical Center in medical speech 
pathology and moved to Northern 
State University in Aberdeen, S.D., 
to head the speech pathology pro- 
gram there. In 1978, she earned an 
Ed.D in speech education with 
emphasis in working with children 
with serious disabilities from the 
University of Alabama. 

Miller's career then took her for 
19 years to Murray State University 
in Murray. Ky., first as faculty and 
eventually as dean of the university's 
Center for Continuing Education and 
Academic Outreach. In that capacity, 
Miller was involved with state-wide 
distance learning projects, in which 
she helped coordinate the creation of 
a television network with BellSouth. 
Because of her work on that project, 
she was contacted to become part of 
Kentucky's then-Governor Paul Pat- 
ton's cabinet. 

"Governor Patton was looking 
for non-political people to be part of 
his cabinet. When they called to 

interview me, I thought it was a joke. 
When he offered me the position in 
the cabinet, I knew I wanted to be in 
the department of Families and Chil- 
dren, which pulled together child- 
care, welfare reform, etc., under one 

After working as Secretary for 
Families and Children for eight 
years, Miller intended to retire, but in 
2003 was contacted by Tennessee 
Governor Phil Bredesen, who 
appointed her Commissioner of the 
Tennessee Department of Children's 
Services. When that position is ful- 
filled, she intends to retire. "And this 
time, I mean it," she said. 

Miller recalled her mentors at 
Northwestern, Irma Stockwell, a pro- 
fessor in the speech language pathol- 
ogy department, and Dr. Leo Allbrit- 
ten, a former dean, with whom she 
became reacquainted after his son 
was appointed head of counseling at 
Murray State. Dr. and Mrs. Allbrit- 
ten moved to Murray and their 
friendship was renewed. 

Miller has two adult children. 

Last December, Miller was the 
invited commencement speaker at 
Middle Tennessee State University, 
where her address focused on the 
need for young people to take 
responsibility to become involved in 
the community, particularly as advo- 
cates for children. 

"It's been a wonderful career," 
she said. 


Christopher King is an 
IA security officer in 
the United States Army 
and lives in Fredericks- 
burg, Va. 


Christen McLemore is 
a senior technical 
product manager at 

AOL LLC and lives in 
Sterling, Va. 


Cynthia Brown Mar- 
shall is assistant vice 
president-branch man- 
ager at Neighbors Fed- 
eral Credit Union and 
lives in Baker. 


Christian Clark is prin- 
cipal/owner of E. Chris- 
tian Clark Design and 
lives in Houston, 

John D. Ray is 
employed by Johnson, 
Barrios & Yacoubian 
as an attorney and 
lives in Baton Rouge. 


Ruth Franklin Suire is 
a payroll supervisor at 
Amerisafe, Inc. and 
lives in DeRidder. 


Elizabeth Anne Wood 
Dwyer is a seventh 
and eight grade 
teacher at St. John's 

Episcopal School, mar- 
ried and lives in San 
Diego, Calif. 

Jennifer Tonglet Blan- 
chard is a second grade 
teacher at Cherokee 
Elementary, married 
and lives in Otis. 

Heather Scully Cham- 
pagne is the owner of 

Champagne Dreams, 
LLC, married and lives 
in Metairie. 

Linda Boswell Borde- 
lon is the president of 
Bordelon Consulting 
LLC and lives in 

Laura Flores Johnson 
is an operations super- 

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visor at First Federal 
Bank of Louisiana and 
lives in Robeline. 


Eric R. Irmscher is 
employed by the 
Department of Home- 
land Security in inter- 
governmental liaison 
and lives in Slidell. 


Richard G. Long is an 
English teacher at 
Brusly High School, 
married and lives in 
Baton Rouge. 

Karen Leon Tester is 
employed the 
Louisiana State Police 
Gaming Audit as an 
auditor 3, married and 
lives in Bossier City. 

Jennifer Allen Ray is a 
specialty sales repre- 
sentative for Pharma- 
Derm Pharmaceuticals 
and lives in McKinney, 


Alicia Dube Stanley is 
a test manager for 
SRA International and 
lives in Arlington, Va. 


John LeDoux Mayer is 
employed by the 
United States Forest 
Service and lives in 
Jefferson, Ga. 

Kathy Merten is 
employed by Medco 
Health Solutions as a 
manager of business 
requirements and lives 
in Lodi, N.J. 

Bryan P. Alleman is 
employed by Acadia 
Parish School Board 
as a technology coordi- 
nator and lives in 

Wendy Lanier Grisham 
is a third grade teacher 

at Stockwell Place Ele- 
mentary and lives in 
Bossier City. 

Chelsa Fontenot is a 
certified athletic trainer 
at NRMC Sports Medi- 
cine and lives in 


Josh Merritt is 
employed by Geico as 
an adjuster and lives in 

Connie Walker Dunn is 
the human resources 
director at Livingston 
Healthcare and lives in 
Livingston, Mont. 

Jennifer Burch Camp- 
bell is a program direc- 
tor at a non-profit 
social service agency 
and lives in Baton 


John Mark Reilly is an 
E-7 Senior Instrumen- 
talist in the United 
States Army, married 
and lives in Fredericks- 
burg, Va. 

Brooke Patterson is 
employed by CB 
Richard Ellis as an 
accounting manager 
and lives in Dallas, 

Kristina Hebert 
Corneille is employed 
by Tangipahoa Parish 
School Board as an 
early childhood teacher 
and lives in Poncha- 

Brandon Champagne 
is employed by Inter- 
national Paint LLC in 
engineering sales and 
lives in Spring, Texas. 

Tessia Norris Price is a 
marketing manager at 
Heart of La. Credit 
Union and lives in 


Kristyn Diana Pelt is 
employed by the 
department of Health 
and Hospitals as a 
Medicaid analyst and 
lives in Pitkin. 

Jill Lowe Riggs is a 
physical education 
teacher at Olla Ele- 
mentary School and 
lives in Georgetown. 

Nicole Shreve Caloway 
is an exercise special- 
ist at Willis Knighton 
and lives in Shreve- 


Tobias J. Washington 
is employed at LSU 
Health Sciences in pro- 
fessional training and 
lives in Shreveport. 

Veronica Sisco Odum 
is an assistant man- 
ager for Enterprise 
Rent A Car and lives in 
Bentonville, Ark. 

Brandi Boudreaux Jen- 
niskens is employed by 
Tracy Locke as an 
account executive and 
lives in Irving, Texas. 

Michael McCorkle is 
employed by BASF- 
Shreveport as a mar- 
keting specialist and 
lives in Castor. 

Sara Melanson Horan 
is employed by Jeffer- 
son County Public 
Schools as a music 
teacher and lives in 
Morrison, Colo. 


Megan Sandlin Bostick 
is a membership assis- 
tant at Gleneagles 
Country Club and lives 
in Euless, Texas. 

Karen Thames is a 
marketing coordinator 
at IMG World and lives 
in Lexington, Ky. 



John Augusta "Johnny" Metoyer, 
Natchitoches, November 12, 2007 

1942 Sheila Caldwell Bramlett, 
Shreveport, January 2, 2008 

1951 Dennis C. McMullan, 
Springhill, December 30, 2007 

1960 Carolyn Sue Adams Little, 
Logansport, January 4, 2008 


James Walton is 
employed by the 
County of Los Angeles 
as a deputy sheriff and 
lives in Lakewood, 

Angelin Adams Borsics 
is employed by The 
Wylie Agency in the 
contracts department, 
married and lives in 
Brooklyn N.Y 

Stacy Lewis is an 
accounting tech at 
Carlson Wagonlit 
Travel and lives in 

Sawyer Thomas is 
ministry assistant at 
Trevor Thomas Drama 
Ministries, married and 
lives in Plant City, Fla. 

Katherine Jones Manion continued 

After graduation, Manion and her husband 
Richard Manion (2005) decided to settle in Des 
Moines for the city's balance between large city 
and small town and its cooler climate. The couple 
moved there in 2005. Since then, Manion has been 
promoted to manager of the North Side branch. 

"I find my job to be very rewarding, as it 
allows me to help people find the books and infor- 
mation that will be most helpful to them," she said. 
"However, in a changing informational environ- 
ment, the role of libraries has shifted somewhat 
from providing print resources to helping cus- 
tomers with electronic resources. Librarians are 
challenged to stay current with new trends in tech- 
nology, a well as continuing to provide traditional 
services, such as recommending books. 

Manion met her husband at NSU and the cou- 
ple traveled to Natchitoches for their wedding cer- 
emony in Kisatchie, which was presided over by 
Dr. Stave. The couple has two black labs, Willow 
and Dee Dee, and live in the suburb of West Des 

Alumni Columns Spring 2008 / 15 

Alumni News 

Looking bacK 

IVOO was deemed a year of progress for North- 
western. In the Fall 1968 semester, Northwestern 
recorded a record high enrollment of 6,300 students, 
a milestone for the then 83-year-old institution. To 
fill the continuing need for classroom facilities, con- 
struction of a new Arts and Sciences building was 
begun under the administration of President John S. 
Kyser and completed under President Arnold Kil- 
patrick. The building was named for President 
Kyser, who secured funding and oversaw the con- 
struction of much of the modern campus. 

Congratulations to the follow- 
ing individuals who correctly identi- 
fied the Northwestern Neptune Club 
swimmers and divers from 1969. 
They were from bottom up, Susan 
Day, Mike McConnel, Linda Borde- 
lon and Lynn Shrivers. 

Mr. Brant Bordelon- 1 97 1 & 1976 
Coushatta, LA 

Mr. Ralph Boswell-1972 & 1977 
Haughton, LA 

Guess Who? 

In 1981, the staff of The Current 
Sauce listed its purpose as being 
"to inform students of happenings 
on campus and to defend students' 
rights through the power of the 
Press. Note: through the use of 
investigative reporting and the 
reporting of controversial issues 
(such as reports on closed Student 
Union Governing Board meetings, 
faculty arrests, police reports, the 
Bayou Folk Museum, Inside View 
and many editorials) the paper 
became more than a publicity sheet 
for Northwestern; it reported 
things as they were." Can you 
name the members of the 1981 
Current Sauce staff? The first five 
readers to call the Alumni Center at 
(318) 357-4414 will win a prize. 

Mrs. Carole Hartfield-- 1 969 
Shreveport, LA 

Mrs. Sophie S. Packard- 1957 
Natchitoches, LA 

Mrs. Terrie Combs- 
Boyce, LA 


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Norttlkwesteriii Dt&te University Alma JVlateF 


Oh, Alma Mater here today, 
We for thy lasting blessings pray, 
we know not where our paths may go, 
but, thou 7/ uphold us still we know, 
unchanging thou, 'mid changes vast, 
unswerved from ideals of the past, 
steadfast and true, our watchword e're shall be 
To thee, our Alma Mater, Loyalty! 

Thy trees their solemn chorus bend 
about thee, flowers their censers blend 
Our voices swell their murmuring strain, 
our hearts repeat the old refrain, 

thy purpose high to carry on 
Northwestern, thou has honor won! 
Steadfast and true, our watchword e're shall be 
To thee, our Alma Mater, Loyalty! 

In after years, when far away, 

thy presence strong will near us stay, 

and as the echo of our song 

will, with new courage, lead us on; 

And to our eager vision then 

each subtle memory meaning lend, 

steadfast and true, our watchword e're shall be 

To thee, our Alma Mater, Loyalty! 

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